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12-21-2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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It is a fairly long story of how I came to own a Pentax K-500.
My first camera was a Box Camera, so that dates me a bit doesn't it. Around that time or soon after, I also had access to a Rolleiflex and a Rolliecord.
My first SLR was an Exa. Who remembers them? It was a cheap body that would take all the Exakta lenses. As I had friends with Exaktas and some good lenses and close-up tubes, I had access to some telephoto lenses at minimal cost.
My first Pentax was an ME Super and because it was bought duty free, I felt I could afford to choose the f1.4 50mm lens instead of the standard f1.7.
It is only a couple years since I last used the ME Super, but I had been thinking of a DSLR for a while.
When I discovered that I could use my old 50mm, 28mm and zoom lenses with a Pentax DSLR, I decided it was time to move into the 21st century. I had been hesitating partly because I just hated the idea of my old equipment being made redundant. At least I could continue to use the old lenses.
My research convinced me that the K-30 was the camera I wanted and could afford, but by the time I worked that out, the K-30 had been superseded.
At first I thought that was a good thing as I expected to be able to get one at a discounted price. However, it didn't seem possible to get the camera and lens combination that I wanted, either online or in a shop, so I did a bit more research on the K-50 and K-500.
I thought there wasn't much point in paying for a weather sealed camera unless I also fitted a weather sealed lens.
Then it occurred to me that I had never felt the need for a weather sealed camera in the 30 or so years I had been using the ME Super, so I decided I could manage with the K-500 rather than the K-50.
As I had a couple of good lenses, I decided to settle for the very basic 18-55 kit lens.
Coincidentally, the K-500 cost almost exactly the same number of dollars as the ME Super back in about 1980. By the time allowance is made for inflation, that makes the K-500 pretty good value.
Anyway, that is what I bought and I am happy with it. In fact, I am more than happy. I am delighted and impressed.

12-21-2013, 01:45 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and thank you for that interesting introduction.
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QuoteOriginally posted by allan46 Quote
first camera was a Box Camera
Welcome to the forum, are we talking "the" box brownie here? first introduced in February 1900, that makes you 113 plus years old, that's even older than me!

12-21-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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Yes, it was the Box Brownie.

I was born before the middle of last century, but I'm not quite a century old yet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by allan46 Quote
My first Pentax was an ME Super
Don't give up on this. I have all my film cameras going back to 1961. Plus others that go back to 1949. I try to use them all - sixty and counting.
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Allan, first of all welcome on board...Hope the K-500 serves you well. I have had one since August and have been very satisfied with it. I don't think many realize that from the 80+ sealed places on the K-50, the K-500 still got about 20 odd places weather sealed as well, so in some ways you are covered :-)
Happy shooting!!

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